London’s Flat Time House reopens after Italian foundation steps in to save it When the former home and studio of conceptual artist John Latham closed last year it was expected to be permanent. However, the space was saved by the Santarelli Family and the Dino and Ernesta Santarelli Foundation, which agreed to buy the building at 210 Bellenden Road last year after a public campaign to raise more than £1m failed to meet its target.
‘Charging Bull’ sculptor calls for New York to remove ‘Fearless Girl’ statue Arturo Di Modica has claimed that the installation of ‘little girl’ statue facing his own sculpture of a Charging Bull, near Wall Street, turns the latter’s intended ‘positive, optimistic’ message into a ‘threat’. The artist and his attorney, Norman Siegel, have asked the city of New York to remove the statue, pointing to a 1990 copyright statute that grants visual artists the right “to prevent any intentional distortion, mutilation or other modification of that work which would be prejudicial to [the artist’s] reputation”.
Berlin Wall gets its own protective railing In 1990, 119 artists painted the East Side Gallery on a 1.3km-long expanse of the wall, which was designated a heritage site the following year. It is the longest intact stretch to remain standing and has faced threats from property development and vandalism.
Victoria and Albert Museum plans new centre and touring shows for expanded photography collection News follows the controversial decision to transfer 270,000 photographs from the National Media Museum in Bradford to the London-based institution. The museum’s curatorial team will organise touring exhibitions of the collection, alongside an existing programme of UK and international loans.
Artists Against Evictions pens open letter to Documenta Following the opening of Documenta 14 in Athens, an artist group has published an open letter criticising the exhibition’s silence following a series of evictions of artists and raids of buildings housing refugees in the city.
Shortlisted artist in Sony World Photography Awards accused of plagiarism Portugal-based photographer Anka Zhuravleva’s work Distorted Gravity features a woman in a green dress floating, grasping a red sphere, in a gently lit hallway. On March 19, Zhuravleva took to Facebook to publicly accuse France-based, Romanian artist Alex Andriesi of plagiarism. His work Far from Gravity features a young girl, also clad in green, suspended in air and holding a yellow sphere in a softly lit hallway, with other yellow spheres surrounding her.
Lawsuit against art historian over fake Rothko settled out of court Las Vegas billionaire casino magnate Frank Fertitta has settled his claims against the Swiss art historian Oliver Wick in one of the ten lawsuits brought against the now-defunct Knoedler gallery for knowingly selling fakes.
Early Henry Moore commission on display as studio revamp opens The Henry Moore Foundation will this weekend show off a £7m redevelopment of the artist’s studios and gardens in Hertfordshire by opening an exhibition that includes one of the artist’s first commissions, a first world war roll of honour board that he carved for his school.